They burn with passion, but can Sanders’s fans stop Trump?

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They burn with passion, but can Sanders’s fans stop Trump?

The US has never seen the like as a sea of adoring millennials descend on Iowa to support their socialist hero

Nick Allen

In a windowless room next to a Salvation Army donation centre in rural Iowa, dozens of people are chanting in unison: “We have nothing to lose but our chains! It is our duty to fight for our freedom! It is our duty to win!” Mostly in their early twenties, they join hands in front of a sign saying “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. Then they fan out across the state’s frozen cornfields, trying to convince Iowans that “democratic socialism” can save America.

These men and women are part of Bernie Sanders’s volunteer army, and it is unprecedented. They have arrived by plane and car, and on “Bernie Journey” buses, from across the US.

In January they knocked at 500,000 Iowan homes. According to campaign data they made seven million phone calls in the state. Through the “Bern” app they have collected an ocean of granular data...

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